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Handmade By Heather

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Heather Beckley
Media, Pa
Stay at home Mom

When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?

I started sewing when I was a little girl, learning from both my mother and grandmother who lived next door. They showed me the ins and outs of a sewing machine and how to do a bunch of hand sewing stitches.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

I mostly made clothing for my stuffed animals. They sometimes got tiny pillows and blankets too. Gonna make sure they are cozy at night.

Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?

God I love patterns so much it's hard to narrow down specific favorites. I love Kitschy Coo for knit items. The By Hand London ladies have several dress patterns I enjoy. I'm also a big fan of Grainline Studio's design aesthetic and especially her pattern drafting.

What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?

I've taken over the dining room, covering it with sewing paraphernalia so that other members of the house rarely try to use it for it's intended purpose. It's a lovely space with 4 large windows. I have a side board that keeps some of the mess hidden however most of the time it looks like a fabric bomb exploded.

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?

I listen to a lot of movie/TV related podcasts due to my husband movie watching hobby. Some include, "Film sack", "How did this get made", and "Up yours downstairs".

I love listening to "Craft Lit" for classic literature and "Hard Core History" for history of course.

When I'm in a music mood my tastes range from 70's rock and roll to current indie bands.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I still knit a far bit, although not as much as in the past. It's still the most relaxing hobby that I have.

Considering the amount of baked goods I generate on a regular basis baking could also be considered a hobby. I do have a specialty flour stash.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

When sewing gets a little too serious take a dance break and remember this is supposed to be fun. Having a couple cookies won't hurt either.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Mad Men
Currently it's Ryan Adams
John Carpenters's "The Thing"
Stephen King's "Dark Tower" Series. "Wizard in Glass if I have to narrow it down to one book.
Fabric Brand
All fabrics are welcome in this house. Well anything that doesn't feel cheap.
Sewing accessory or Tool
Rotary Cutter, without it I am nothing.